Driver caught in Wick above cannabis limit
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Police who stopped Mark Williams formed the impression that he might have a controlled drug in his system.
A roadside test confirmed it and the 32-year-old subsequently admitted a drug-driving offence at Wick Sheriff Court last week.
Analysis of a blood sample revealed a reading of three micrograms of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The legal limit is 2mcg.
Sheriff Neil Wilson heard that Williams, of Kiniver Drive, Glasgow, had taken cannabis before getting behind the wheel of his van. He felt fine and didn't think it had put him over the limit. The offence occurred in North Road, Wick, on April 3.
Although the accused won't be able to continue working as a driver, the court was told that his firm would be able to give him alternative employment meantime, although the ban would have implications for his family life.
Williams was fined £400 and banned from driving for a year by Sheriff Wilson, who observed that the accused was a first offender and had pleaded guilty at an early stage.